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Senator John Kerry courts Bashar al-Assad under the Obama administration

The Syrian terror trap

The US, Russia and Iran are fracturing the Levant

Nafeez Ahmed
Oct 20, 2015 · 18 min read

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President Hassan Rouhani of Iran (left) and President Vladimir Putin of Russia (right)
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A girl is pulled out from the rubble after Syrian government loyalists drop barrel bombs, killing dozens, on 2nd February 2014 (Saad Abobrahim/Reuters)

“… may increase our ability to persuade senior Syrian leaders that their country’s interests is better served by more constructive policies that would bring even closer US-Syrian ties.”

“US policy may aim less at fostering ‘regime change’ and more toward encouraging ‘behaviour reform.’ If this assumption holds, then a reassessment of current US-sponsored programming that supports anti-SARG [Syrian Arab Republic Government] factions, both inside and outside Syria, may prove productive as well.”

“I believe very deeply that this is an important moment of change, a moment of potential transformation, not just in the relationship between the United States and Syria but in the relationship of the region.”

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John Kerry enjoys dinner with Bashar al-Assad in February 2009

“President Assad has been very generous with me in terms of the discussions we have had… So my judgment is that Syria will move; Syria will change, as it embraces a legitimate relationship with the United States and the West and economic opportunity that comes with it and the participation that comes with it.”

“No… There’s a different leader in Syria now. Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.”

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Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking at a news conference in October 2012 about the Syrian opposition

“… there isn’t much of a Free Syrian Army to train right now anyway, but all the operations being done now are being done out of ‘prudence.’”

“… once inside the group, they are vulnerable to elite manipulation… Islamist groups appear to be having great success harnessing and exploiting Syrian anger for purposes well beyond fighting the al-Assad regime, which is why the current drive in Islamist recruitment in Syria could have important spillover consequences for conflict elsewhere.”

“The FSA is currently the weakest force on the ground in Syria, a result not only of inadequate foreign backing compared with that of rival Islamist and extremist factions, but of its own internal divisions, byzantine leadership structure (based in Turkey) and rampant corruption.”

Warning: extremely graphic images of Hezbollah or Hezbollah-trained fighters committing war crimes against Syrian civilians

“We did not push the Russians into invading, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would… That secret operation was an excellent idea. The effect was to draw the Russians into the Afghan trap.”

“Most Nusra fighters want to end the fighting with Isis so there can be complete focus on Assad and the west.”



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